Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bisate Lodge stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of luxury and nature. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Virunga Mountains, this unique Wilderness property offers a truly extraordinary escape. The park’s diverse ecosystem and its famed inhabitants – the critically endangered mountain gorillas – form the centrepiece of an experience that seamlessly blends conservation, comfort, and cultural immersion.


Rwanda – Bisate Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

As I stepped onto the grounds of Bisate Lodge, the first thing that struck me was the seamless integration of the lodge’s design with the surrounding environment. The lodge offers six sumptuous forest villas, like giant birds’ nests tucked into the trees, each exuding a sense of refined elegance while paying homage to the traditional Rwandan architecture. The interiors were a perfect blend of modern comfort and local charm, featuring cozy fireplaces, inviting lounges, and stunning views of the majestic mountains.

The lodge facilities, including a library, bar, and lounge areas, added an extra layer of comfort to the stay. What truly set Bisate Lodge apart, however, was the warmth and hospitality of the staff. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted with genuine smiles and a sense of genuine connection. The team’s passion for conservation and their dedication to creating unforgettable experiences for guests was evident in every interaction.


Rwanda – Bisate Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Dining at Bisate Lodge was a culinary adventure that celebrated both the rich Rwandan culture and the finest ingredients. The lodge’s restaurant, overlooking the lush forest, offered a menu that showcased the country’s flavours in a modern and creative manner. The dishes were a tantalizing fusion of local and international cuisines, crafted with ingredients sourced from the lodge’s very own garden and nearby communities.

The meals were not just delightful to the palate, but also an opportunity to learn about the region’s culinary heritage. The staff shared stories behind the dishes, adding a layer of cultural enrichment to each dining experience. From hearty breakfasts to intimate candlelit dinners, the restaurant provided a harmonious blend of nourishment and immersion.

Hot Tips

Rwanda – Bisate Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

For those planning a visit to Bisate Lodge, here are a few insider tips to make the most of your stay:

Gorilla Trekking: Make sure to book your gorilla trekking permit well in advance, as the availability is limited and the demand is high. The trek itself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing you to get up close with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Pack Layers: The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so pack layers to stay comfortable throughout the day, whether you’re on a hike or relaxing by the fireplace in your villa.

Cultural Encounters: Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with the local community during village visits. It’s a chance to learn about traditional Rwandan life and support sustainable tourism initiatives. One of the best places to do this is in nearby Musanze at Red Rocks Cultural Centre.


Address: Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Phone Number: +27 82 576 9173



Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster stayed as a guest of Wilderness.

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.